#mathsconf6 – Peterborough Edition

People sometimes claim that being a maths teacher isn’t the most glamorous of careers. In the last two years, I’ve attended conferences in Kettering, Sheffield and now Peterborough, so I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on that. The conference started with the usual keynotes on La Salle’s Complete Mathematics programme and some exam board … More #mathsconf6 – Peterborough Edition

The #teamstats Story – from 19% A/A* to 70% in one year

This isn’t a ‘look how great we are’ post. It might sound like a ‘look why we achieved great results’ post, but it’s just a story of our journey. Regardless of what we did as staff, it was the pupils in #teamstats who really earned the grades, so well done to them! I’ll start with the … More The #teamstats Story – from 19% A/A* to 70% in one year

It’s tragic how I start loving a subject just as it’s over

The title comes from a message on a thank-you card received from one of my wonderful Year 11 maths class in the week before their exam. Starting from the aforementioned tragedy, and with hours to go until the results are released, this is a blogpost about motivation in, and enjoyment of, mathematics. This year, I’ve … More It’s tragic how I start loving a subject just as it’s over

So I went to Michaela…

Following the BBC’s ‘Chinese School’ programme, there has been a lot of discussion about how ‘regular British children’ can’t cope with lessons where they are taught from the front and have zero-tolerance behaviour systems due to alleged cultural differences. It turns out that they can, and I’ve seen it in action. And so has Boris. … More So I went to Michaela…

#TFImpact15 – The Teach First Impact Conference

July 29th and 30th saw over 3500 humans descend upon Leeds for the annual Teach First Impact Conference. This is a review of the talks, workshops and events which I attended over the two days. Day 1 Opening Ceremony The opening ceremony contained a mixture of messages from the leader (Brett Wigdortz), introductions by two Year 11 … More #TFImpact15 – The Teach First Impact Conference